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Liberalized Dp Immigration Bill, Passed by Committee, Faces Delay on Senate Floor

It may be weeks before the Senate acts on a bill to liberalize the present DP immigration act, it was indicated here today following Senate Judiciary Committee passage last night of a bill to admit 320,000 DP’s into this country by June 30, 1950. This total would include 124,000 DP’s who have entered since the middle of 1948.

The measure which was approved by the Judiciary Committee yesterday is an amended form of the Celler Bill, approved by the House last year. Although the total number to be admitted was cut by 19,000 from the House-approved version, the bill as it now stands will keep the Jan.1, 1949, cut-off date–by which DP’s must have entered a camp to be eligible for admission to the U.S.–proposed by Rep. Emanuel Celler.

Sen. Pat McCarran, Committee chairman, said late yesterday that the bill as approved by his group does not discriminate against anyone. The measure strengthens the present law’s insistence upon setting aside 30 percent of the quote for DP farmers, a measure which has admittedly hindered the administration of the law.